Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ever wonder|Dinner edition

Ever wonder what bloggers eat? I know I do! Don't get me wrong,  I love looking at outfit posts but I often wonder what my fave bloggers do behind the scenes. What do they eat for dinner? What's their favorite snacks? Do they drink wine? Etc.

If you follow me on instagram then you already have a pretty good idea of what I am snacking on! But for those of you that don’t I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes today.

I don’t know about you all, but when it’s hot outside during the summer months I tend to not want to eat heavy dinners. I like lighter dishes like salads and fruit that are still filling but won’t weigh me down. One of my favorite go-to dinners is this delicious pasta salad! It’s so simple and easy to make! I usually whip this up in about 30 minutes, add a glass of white wine, and sit on my back deck to relax!

Now please forgive me, I am not good at measurements and I usually just eyeball ingredients when I am cooking so I’ll list the ingredients below and you can just portion them out accordingly. 

1 can of sliced artichoke hearts
Box of your fave pasta for salads (I use rigatoni or bowtie, you can also use orzo or quinoa)
Red and yellow bell peppers (chopped)
Kale (or spinach)
Cherry Tomatoes
Parmesan Cheese

Grilled chicken breast (optional)

1. Boil a large pot of water.  Add olive oil and salt water.  Add pasta and boil 4-5 minutes or until tender but still firm.

2. Drain pasta and let cool. 

3. In pan, sautee kale (spinach) and asparagus with minced garlic. 

4. Cut cherry tomatoes in half

5. In large bowl combine pasta, kale, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. Stir all ingredients together. 

6. Once all ingredients have been combined, squeeze half a lemon (Watch out for seeds!) and add grated Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Voila!! Dinner is served. I make this often with out meat, but feel free to add shrimp, chicken, or whatever meat you fancy to it! I usually serve it while it's still a little warm but it taste great the next day refrigerated for lunch! :)

What are some of your Summer go-to meals?


  1. Looks yummy!!! I love anything I can throw on the grill.

  2. Yum! I made pasta salad last week. I think I need to start putting recipes on my blog too!

  3. this looks like such a fresh, tasty, and simple summer dinner!

  4. Oh my goodness this looks soooo delish!!!

  5. Angela Keeley-WhiteAugust 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    That looks soooo good!


  6. Marissa, I so need to make THIS! hahaha It looks delicious girl AND HEALTHY!

  7. Domesticated Working WomanAugust 8, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Yum!!!!! Sounds delish and refreshing!

  8. Yum, this looks so good! I could literally eat pasta every night for dinner :)

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  9. This looks great, and now I'm hungry! :D

  10. This recipe looks so good, It's making me hungry:)!!!

  11. LOL, I know I get hungry looking at this picture too!! :)

  12. Thanks Angela! It's one of my favorite dishes to make!

  13. That's what I love about it! Easy and tasty!

  14. I'd love to see some of your recipes!

  15. I love the grill, I'd like to try this recipe with some grilled shrimp one day!

  16. Marissa,

    In the summer I like to ear lightly as well, but I do enjoy summer Rose with my dinner!

    XX, Elle